Since I don’t know anything more than you do about where this story is going, I can’t offer much additional commentary. BUT! I can embrace some of the digressions that wouldn’t fit in the show. So let’s do that…
Near the start of the episode, Rutskarn says, “Roll credits, DING!” If you’re unfamiliar with it, this is a reference to the YouTube channel CinemaSins. Host Jeremy narrates over clips of a movie, pointing out flaws and awarding “sins” for every mistake. There’s a little game show DING when a sin is flagged and there’s a running counter in the corner of the screen. Whenever a character does a title drop, Jeremy will say “Roll credits!” and flag a sin.
The only time I hear people reference CinemaSins is when they’re complaining about how terrible it is: Many of the sins are trivial. Or they’re misrepresented. Or they’re just common movie tropes.
A hypothetical example: If someone in the movie hangs up the telephone without properly ending the call with the person on the other side, Jeremy might give a sin, even though ending calls without saying goodbye is common practice in film.
All of the complaints about CinemaSins are valid, but I kind of like the show anyway. I watch it for those moments where Jeremy notices something I didn’t. Maybe he sees a plot hole or continuity error. Or maybe he just points out some interesting bit of scenery. Or maybe a funny expression on the face of one of the background characters. Or a jab at an actor. Whatever. I enjoy it whenever he sees something I didn’t. Sure, a lot of the “nitpicks” aren’t really flaws or problems. I think this arises from the fact that not all movies are equally sinful. If a movie has 2 interesting mistakes and everything else is fine, then what do you do? Not make the video? Make a 10-second video with only 2 sins? You could argue “yes”, but the culture and economics of YouTube creates a strong incentive to make lots of 5-minute videos.
So I think the trivial nitpicks are an artifact of the format. If you’re Jeremy then you want to cover popular and recognizable movies that people care about, you want the show to last at least a couple of minutes, and you want a roughly even distribution of sins so you don’t jump from the first act to the third without saying anything about the parts in between. This naturally results in a bunch of throwaway sins.
I like CinemaSins, but I also like CinemaSins is Wrong About Everything for all the same reasons. It’s a fun review of details I’d missed.
And to round out this cavalcade of negativity, I’ll also point out that I like CinemaWins, the flipside version of CinemaSins that celebrates great movies. The tagline for CinemaWins is “Because liking things is more fun than disliking things”. While I like the positivity of CinemaWins, I think this misses the point. It’s not about whether something is bad or good, but about looking for things to think about and discuss.
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